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You may be wondering how using CBD products effects drug screenings, if at all. Luckily, we’ve done the research for you and have the information you need. Before we get into all the little details and science behind drug panels and how they react with CBD, let’s first discuss the different classifications of CBD.

When it comes to CBD products, the most commonly sold are full spectrum and isolate based. These can also commonly be known as whole plant or pure, but in this article, but, for simplicity purposes, we will stick to the term “full spectrum” and “isolate based”.

Full Spectrum

Full spectrum is a whole plant extract, which contains a combination of CBD, natural plant terpenes and cannabinoids such as CBG (cannabigerol), CBN (cannabinol) and occasionally THC. Just like CBD, these other cannabinoids and terpenes are naturally occurring in hemp and marijuana plants. Full spectrum products include oils, topical, and softgels among other options.

So what could this mean for CBD users concerned with drug screenings? Here’s where it gets tricky. Hemp-derived CBD products contain less than 0.3% percent THC. While there is no risk of intoxication or feel “high” from CBD products with these trace amounts of THC, that does not mean you are completely “safe” if screened. Even small trace amounts of THC can be picked up.

Isolate Based

CBD users faced with routine drug screenings often turn to isolate products. The term “isolate” comes from the extraction process by which CBD is actually isolated from other elements and what remains should be pure CBD and nothing else. Most products claim to be around 99% pure. Which means some trace amount of other cannabinoids, including THC, could remain. When looking into isolate CBD, numbers make the difference. Products containing 99.9% CBD are less likely to have identifiable amounts of THC. Anything with 99.5% or less will contain higher trace amounts. There’s no guarantee either way, but the purer the CBD the less likely a drug screen will pick up any amounts of THC.

How drug screens work

For the purpose of this article, we’ll refer to the most commonly used test. The UDS, or urine drug screen, is used more often due to its convenience, cost and pain-free procedure. The UDS analyzes urine for illegal and certain prescription drug usage. The test usually screens for amphetamines, methamphetamines, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, marijuana, cocaine, PCP, methadone, and opioids (narcotics). Though typically screened through a breathalyzer (breath test) a UDS can also detect alcohol usage.

There are two forms of tests used for urine screening. Immunoassay tests give rapid results and are more cost-effective, but have a higher likelihood of giving false positives. A false positive is when a UDS shows positive for drugs when none were in the patient’s system. This type of screening also doesn’t pick up on all forms of opioids.

The next, more expensive test, is the gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) test. It works very similarly to the immunoassay, but requires more time and rarely results in false positives. Either test can produce a false negative. This is where no drugs are detected by the UDS, even though the patient had drugs in their system.

The immunoassay UDS doesn’t actually measure drugs. This test detects how drugs react within the patient’s immune system to determine it’s ability to build antigen-antibody complexes. The test has a cutoff limit, expressed in nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml). Any amount above the cutoff number results in a positive screening.

Here’s one issue with the immunoassay UDS. With instant results, the individual administering the test doesn’t usually add the numeric values of the ng/ml to their findings. Typically, a simple positive or negative result is sent back to the party requesting the test. This is because most immunoassay screens don’t include the ng/ml percentages. More often than not there’s a simple test strip that turns a different color to indicate the presence of specific drugs.

When asked to complete a UDS, it’s good to note the potential for false positives. If you’re certain there are no drugs in your system, and your screening produced a positive result, you should inquire as to which UDS was used. If results were instant, it was most likely an immunoassay test. If this was the case, be sure to request a second screening utilizing a GC/MS.

Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) tests are used to detect and study trace amounts of chemicals, as low 0.000000000001 gram. Gas chromatography (GC) works to analyze and separate various components in a substance, such as urine, to then test the purity of that substance and/or identify a specific compound. Mass spectrometry (MS) categorizes ions based on their mass. An MS analysis can be used in complex as well as pure samples. Together, put in simpler terms, the GC/MS measures the amounts of chemicals in a given sample by comparing it to a pre-measured standard (or clean) sample.

So which CBD product is safe?

Although pure isolate CBD should contain very little if any amounts of THC, there’s never a guarantee that any cannabinoid is “safe” when it comes to drug screening. Because any hemp plant may contain THC, the active compound drug screens are designed to detect when testing for marijuana, any CBD product can still have at least trace amounts of THC which can ultimately lead to a positive screening regardless of how small the chance of that happening is.

It is less likely that a UDS would show positive for THC with a patient taking pure isolate CBD, than perhaps full-spectrum products, but the only way to be completely safe would be to stop all usage of any substances prior to your scheduled screening. Still, this is not a promise that your screening will come back negative, but it is not a bad idea to stop usage at least ten days (if not longer) before a urine test if possible.

Now that you better understand some of the terms of our industry, visit CBDistillery to view our quality selection of CBD products. While you are there, feel free to download The Ultimate CBD User Guide to learn more about the potential benefits of CBD, and how CBD could benefit your health and well-being.

Facing Facts: CBD Oil Is Not a Certified Organic Product 

 

As the interest in CBD increases, so does the number of people looking to profit from the increased popularity, intensifying the competition between CBD retailers. As a result of this competitive atmosphere, too many companies are misleading consumers by making false claims. When you decide to purchase a CBD product, it’s important to have the ability to distinguish between the facts and the fiction.

While hemp is a natural product and typically grown using organic methods, far too often, CBD vendors claim their CBD oil is organic. You may need to know right here and now that this claim is misleading. At this point, it’s safe to say that organically certified CBD oil simply does not exist.

 

To Qualify as Organic Requires USDA Approval

Before any crop or product can be labeled as organic, it needs to be given official certification. While the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) sets the standards for organicprocesses, the certification process itself is conducted by recognized third-party agents.

For any type of crop to achieve organic certification, there must be strict adherence to every step of the process, from soil management to plant processing. The grower must adhere to stringent requirements, including the types of substances that are allowed to be used while growing and cultivating organic crops. The specific substances allowed or banned for use in organic farming are determined by the USDA.  In general, decisions are based on:

 

  • General toxicity
  • The effects on human health
  • Potential impact on the ecosystem
  • Compatibility with sustainable agriculture
  • Availability of alternatives
  • The probability of causing contamination during use, disposal or manufacturing
  • The potential for interaction with other materials

Many people do not realize that there are different levels of organic certification that can be granted. The three levels of organic certification:

  • 100 Percent Organic – all ingredients and processes are certified organic
  • Organic – contains some approved chemical additives with 95 percent organic ingredients
  • Made with Organic Ingredients –a USDA approved certifying agent has verified that some of the ingredients are organic 

The Importance of Growing Hemp by Organic Methods

While the 2014 US farm bill includes provisions for certifying certain hemp crops as organic, there are alternative certification methods for commercial cannabis. Typically, hemp is not certified organic. It’s important to realize that hemp can be grown by organic methods without receiving organic status. The most reputable CBD manufactures insist upon using the highest quality hemp sourced from plants grown using organic methods.

Compliance with organic methods is essential. Hemp has an amazing ability to draw toxins and metals from the soil. While this is beneficial when hemp is grown to absorb toxic waste, unless your CBD is extracted from organically grown hemp, your product could contain contaminants leached from the soil. Typically, the methods of growing hemp organically mean that:

 

  • Planting organic seeds that have not been treated, exposed to, or modified by chemicals
  • The soil is known to be free of toxins
  • Hemp is grown without harmful growth hormones, pesticides, fungicides or herbicides
  • Crops are grown without the antibiotics
  • Hemp is grown and processed without the use of radiation

 

CBD Oil Does Not Qualify as a USDA Certified Organic Product

While the source of your CBD, hemp, can be grown with organic practices or certified as organic, and CBD is a natural product, CBD oil is not USDA certified organic. In order to be considered an organic product, CBD would need to fall under the jurisdiction of the FDA. Since CBD products are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, CBD products cannot be certified as organic. Any company that claims their CBD oil is a certified organic product is misrepresenting the facts.

Verifying the Purity and Potency of Your CBD

To verify the purity and potency of your CBD, insist on investing in products from retailers who rely on Non-GMO, 100 percent natural, pesticide-free hemp. To verify the safety of your CBD, you will want products from retailers who rely on the safest CBD extraction methods and are willing to disclose the results of third-party product testing. Batch testing by a third party ensures the purity and potency of your CBD product, the product you rely on to support the function of your endocannabinoid system.

 

The Many Potential Benefits of CBD from Natural Hemp

Your endocannabinoid system is the network of messengers and receptors that regulate nearly every vital function in your body. CBD supplements mimic the effects of your naturally occurring neurotransmitters, potentially supplementing any endocannabinoid deficiencies.

While CBD is not a medication or medical treatment, this dietary supplement has the potential to provide relief for a multitude of symptoms.

The reported benefits of CBD are based on animal studies, laboratory tests, and the testimony of people who use CBD products. It can take several weeks of endocannabinoid supplementation before you notice the benefits you are looking for.

Don’t fall victim to fraudulent claims, misleading information, or risk purchasing an unverified product. At CBDistillery, our non-psychoactive products are sourced from non-GMO, 100 percent natural, pesticide-free hemp. The purity and potency of our products are verified by third-party batch testing. Visit CBDistillery for a quality assortment of CBD products, including vape products, tinctures, capsules, ointments and pet products.

 

Additional Sources:

https://www.fda.gov/food/labelingnutrition/ucm473870.htm

https://purespectrumcbd.com/organically-grown-hemp-why-is-it-so-important/

https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/blog/organic-foods-and-pesticide-residues

https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/mission-values/organic-farming/principles-organic-farming

https://www.ccof.org/organic-cannabis-certification

Cannabis, cannabidiol, cannabinoid… When first exploring CBD products, it’s common to become overwhelmed by the number of terms swirling around. If you’ve ever found yourself confused by the jargon surrounding CBD, look no further than this glossary to clarify what exactly you’re buying.   

CBD

CBD (cannabidiol) is one of the most prevalent natural compounds (cannabinoids) found in hemp and marijuana plants. Unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is non-intoxicating. This is because it does not bind with CB1 receptors. CBD has the potential to aid in potential health and wellness benefits, as well as alleviate certain symptoms of certain ailments. CBD can be consumed in various doses and through various mediums, including vapestinctures, and capsules.

 

CBD Oil

CBD oil is, simply, an oil containing some concentration of cannabidiol (CBD). CBD oil can be derived from hemp or marijuana plants. Because of this, it is common that “hemp oil” and “CBD oil” can be used interchangeably. While there are several possible methods of extraction, the most commonly used are CO2 extraction, which filters the plant matter through a series of high pressure, temperature-controlled chambers, and chemical extraction using ethyl alcohol. CBD can also be heated in a process called decarboxylation to improve the bioavailability of the product. CBD oil often comes in a tincture for ease of use. CBD oil can be classified as “full spectrum”, containing other cannabinoids in addition to CBD, or “isolate based”, meaning it contains only the CBD cannabinoid.

 

Cannabidiol

Also known as CBD, cannabidiol is one of the 113 non-psychoactive cannabinoids found in cannabis plants.  Hemp plants are high in cannabidiol. You should know that cannabidiol will not cause intoxication, even when ingested in large amounts. The terms cannabidiol and CBD are used interchangeably, with CBD serving as a shortened form of the word cannabidiol.

 

Cannabinoids

The messengers, neurotransmitters, of the endocannabinoid system. Cannabinoids influence the endocannabinoid receptors located throughout your body and brain to generate a response. There are two types of cannabinoids. The cannabinoids produced by your body are called endocannabinoids. The cannabinoids from cannabis plants are called exogenous cannabinoids. The exogenous cannabinoids of CBD mimic the effects of the endocannabinoids that are produced as needed in your body and help keep your endocannabinoid system balanced.

 

Cannabis

The cannabis plant is one of the oldest domesticated crops in our history. As a result of selective breeding, some cannabis plants were bred for religious and medical purposes (marijuana), while others were cultivated for food, rope, and textiles (hemp). Hemp and marijuana are classified according to their THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) content. While marijuana contains 5-30 percent THC, hemp contains only trace amounts (less than .3 percent), not enough to create any psychoactive effects.

 

Dabbing

Dabbing is a method of consuming Cannabis extracts, including cannabidiol, via a flash vaporization. The substance, typically an isolate slab or powder, is inhaled after being vaporized on a hot surface. For more information, see our tutorial.

Endocannabinoid System

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a collection of cell receptors and the corresponding molecules (agonists) in the human body. This system helps to regulate sleep, appetite, mood, motor control, immune function, pleasure, pain, reproduction and fertility, memory and temperature regulation. When the ECS is in balance, one experiences homeostasis.

Entourage Effect

The entourage effect is used to explain how the whole has a greater impact than it’s individual parts.  There are more than 400 trace components found in cannabis. Many of these compounds have the ability to interact synergistically, meaning they work together.  The entourage effect accounts for the ability of synergistic plant compounds to multiply the effects of other compounds. Many people prefer “full spectrum” CBD products because of the potential to benefit from the entourage effect.

Full-Spectrum

The essence of the plant that still contains the plant terpenes, unsaturated hydrocarbons, and flavonoids of the original plant source. A full- spectrum CBD product is the product of choice for those looking to benefit from the entourage effect. Just a few of the many beneficial compounds found in full- spectrum CBD include additional cannabinoids, omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, and all 20 amino acids.

 

Hemp

A non-psychoactive cannabis plant commonly cultivated for food (hemp seeds), textiles, skin care products, and dietary supplements. Hemp is a tall, thin plant and grows up to 20 feet tall. While hemp and marijuana are both of the species cannabis sativa, hemp is differentiated from marijuana by its low THC content. To be classified as hemp, the plant must contain .3 percent THC or less. This is not enough to cause any form of intoxication, even when ingesting hemp oil in large quantities.

 

Hemp Oil

Hemp oil is the essence of the hemp plant.  Hemp oil and CBD oil are terms used interchangeably within the CBD industry. When selecting a  hemp oil, it is important to note how much CBD is present in the final product.

 

Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp seed oil and Hemp oil (CBD) are entirely different products. While hemp oil is extracted from the stalks and stems of the plant, hemp seed oil is pressed from the seeds. Hemp seed oil is most often used in skin care products and for cooking. There is no cannabidiol in hemp seed oil. Cannabidiol is the cannabinoid responsible for the potential health benefits of CBD products.

 

Industrial Hemp

Industrial or agricultural hemp, which is the type of hemp from which CBD oil can be derived from, is grown specifically for incorporation into a range of products. As noted, industrial hemp cannot contain more than 0.3% THC and is therefore entirely separate from THC-containing Cannabis strains, including medical marijuana.

 

Isolate

CBD isolate is cannabidiol in its purest form. To obtain an isolate, full-spectrum CBD is further processed,  removing all of the plant oils, waxes, chlorophyll and other plant materials. The result is a refined product that is more than 99 percent pure CBD. Isolates are flavorless and odorless. Products made with CBD isolate are often preferred by those who want to avoid ingesting even trace amounts of THC, and those who prefer adding CBD to their favorite recipes.

 

Marijuana

Marijuana is a  cannabis plant classified as a schedule one controlled substance. Marijuana contains high levels (5-30 percent) of the cannabinoid THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). This psychoactive cannabinoid binds to the CB1 receptors in the brain, resulting in the state of relaxation and euphoria associated with marijuana use. Although marijuana is not legal for use in most states, it can be prescribed by doctors in states that have legalized medical marijuana.

 

MCT Oil

MCT stands for medium chain triglycerides. MCT oils are easily metabolized by the body rather than being stored as fat or cholesterol. Typically, MCT oil is a combination of palm oil and coconut oil. The resulting compound is believed to be superior to using each of these oils on their own. MCTs are sometimes used to reduce cholesterol levels and to increase the muscle mass and strength of the elderly.

Pure CBD Oil

Pure CBD oil is essentially the opposite of a full- spectrum product. Pure CBD oil is created using CBD isolate with MCT oil and anhydrous hemp oil. Pure CBD oil is odorless, flavorless and ideal for those who don’t care for the flavor of CBD, or want to be assured of using a THC-free product. Pure CBD oil can be used sublingually or added to your choice of foods or beverages.

Terpenes

Terpenes are another type of compound found in plants including cannabis plant. In particular, they are a class of organic hydrocarbons responsible for the plant’s aroma. There is thought that terpenes may interact with other compounds from cannabis to alter or magnify the effect of CBD, which is referred to as the entourage effect.

 

Tinctures

A CBD tincture is a blend of CBD extract and a carrier oil like MTC. CBD tinctures are available for purchase in a wide range of strengths. Tinctures can be made with full-spectrum CBD oil or CBD isolates. While tinctures can be added to foods and beverages, they are typically held under the tongue (sublingually) for a short time before swallowing to allow some of the cannabinoids to be absorbed into the bloodstream before the tincture reaches the digestive tract.

THC

THC stands for delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the main psychoactive compound found in the Cannabis plant. THC is responsible for the high that accompanies marijuana. Hemp plants contain extremely small amounts of THC (<0.3%).

 

Topicals

When applied externally, CBD absorbs through the skin, bypassing the digestive system. Topical CBD products, such as creams and ointments, are often preferred by those looking for targeted benefits from their CBD product. When applied topically, CBD is also shown to have skin-soothing properties and may protect skin from the signs of aging.

 

Vaping

Vaping is the act of inhaling the vapor created when a liquid is heated. When CBD e-liquid is heated by the coil in the atomizer, the vapor is inhaled in a manner similar to smoking. Vaping was first introduced nearly a decade ago as an alternative nicotine delivery system. Today, vaping CBD is shown to be one of the fasted forms of cannabinoid delivery because inhaling the vapor bypasses the digestive system. It is important to know that CBD vape products are formulated specifically for this purpose, CBD oil and CBD vape products are not typically interchangeable.

 

Wax

CBD wax is a more crystallized form of the fatty lipids that naturally occur in CBD oil. Waxes are obtained through a process called chromatography. While CBD wax can be taken sublingually or used to create a tincture, CBD wax is often heated in a process known as dabbing, essentially a form of vaping, so the resulting vapor can be inhaled. Depending on the consistency of the wax, you may also find the terms such as shatter, crumble and budder. These are all a form of CBD wax, differentiated by their consistency.

 

Now that you better understand some of the terms of our industry, visit CBDistillery to view our quality selection of CBD products. While you are there, feel free to download The Ultimate CBD User Guide to learn more about the potential benefits of CBD, and how CBD could benefit your health and well-being.

Answers to Your Top Five CBD Questions

CBD (cannabidiol) continues to grow in popularity because of its long list of potential health benefits. With the steady increase in popularity, general information may be easy to find, but it can be time-consuming and frustrating to differentiate between the many types of products and find answers to your questions.  We would like to help alleviate your frustration. Here are the top five questions that are typically asked about CBD products, and our honest answers to those important questions.

 

Question #1

Is There a Difference Between Hemp Oil and CBD Oil?

There are several points that may need clarification in order to answer this question. First of all, CBD can be extracted from either hemp or marijuana. CBD is just one of the many (113) cannabinoids found in the cannabis plants. Because marijuana plants contain high levels of THC (the compound responsible for the “high” feeling), when you are looking for the potential benefits of CBD, without any risk of intoxication, you will want to select a hemp-sourced CBD product.

Hemp oil contains the CBD compound making the term “CBD oil” and “hemp oil” interchangeable throughout the industry. When selecting a hemp oil product, it is important to be aware of how many milligrams of cannabidiol (CBD) the product contains.

The term needing differentiation from CBD or hemp oil is hemp seed oil. Hemp seed oil does not contain CBD. While hemp seed oil has its place in cooking and skincare; it does not offer the same types of potential health benefits as CBD extracted from the stalks and stems of the hemp plant.

Yes, hemp oil and CBD are the same. Hemp seed oil and hemp oil are not.

 

Question #2

What is the Difference Between CBD Isolate and Full-Spectrum CBD Products?

CBD isolate is CBD in its purest form. While many CBD enthusiasts believe full-spectrum products offer the most potential benefits, each of these products have their benefits. Knowing the similarities and differences may help you decide which product type is best for you.

 

Full- Spectrum CBD

When you select a full-spectrum CBD product, your product contains all the cannabinoids, plant terpenes, flavonoids, vitamins, and minerals of the original hemp source. These compounds work together to multiply the potential health benefits of each of the product components. This is known as the entourage effect. Full-spectrum CBD also provides omega-3 fatty acids and all 20 essential amino acids.

It is important to realize that full-spectrum CBD could contain trace amounts ( up to .3 percent) of THC, the cannabinoid responsible for marijuana’s anticipated high. While never enough to cause intoxication, (marijuana contains 5-30 percent), the thought of ingesting trace amounts of THC can make some people uncomfortable. CBD isolate is a viable alternative.

 

CBD Isolate

CBD isolate is cannabidiol in it’s purest form, a full-spectrum product that has been further processed to remove the plant compounds. All that remains is a white powder that is at least 99 percent pure CBD. Some of the advantages of products made from CBD isolate include:

 

 

Question #3

Why Do People Use CBD?

People use CBD for its potential to supplement and balance their endocannabinoid system. Your endocannabinoid system is a complicated network of neurotransmitters and receptors that regulate the vital bodily functions necessary for survival (homeostasis). Just some of the functions regulated by this system include pain perception, memory, emotional responses, neuroprotection, sleep regulation, and immune system function.

Today, many researchers believe that endocannabinoid deficiencies are responsible for many chronic health concerns.

Ideally, your body would make all the neurotransmitters (endocannabinoids) needed to keep your communication system functioning smoothly. While there are two endocannabinoids (anandamide and 2-AG), produced in your body, under stress or the stress of illness, your body may need more neurotransmitters than it creates. Since your body also responds to the cannabinoids in cannabis, CBD from hemp has the potential to supplement any endocannabinoid deficiencies, which explains the long list of potential health benefits.

 

Question #4

Which CBD Product is Right for Me?

The best CBD product for you will be the product that best suits your needs and your lifestyle. You may be surprised to learn the extent of available CBD products. Some of the most popular CBD products include:

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Question #5

How Much CBD Should I Take?

You may need a little patience to determine the optimal daily dosage to suit your needs. Your body is unique, a dosage that works well for someone else may be too much or too little for you. While there is no danger in taking more CBD than you need, it has been found that more CBD does not necessarily improve your results as well as increases your costs.

When you select a capsule or softgel, your dosage is premeasured. Taken once a day, you would be taking a dose of 25 or 30 mg a day.  You can gauge the dosage in a 200 mg vape cartridge at 2 mg per puff. When selecting a full-spectrum CBD tincture, your dosage will be determined by the amount of CBD in the bottle.

A bottle of CBD oil typically contains 15 – 30 milliliters of CBD and is measured with a dropper. A dropper typically holds a millileter (ml). You will need to take fewer millileters or drops of a higher milligram (mg) product. For example:

 

 

While CBD manufacturers typically do not suggest dosage information, some sources suggest starting at a low dose, (25-30mg) per day, while assessing your results. For example, if you decide to start somewhere in the middle of the recommendations and purchase a 250 mg bottle of CBD, you would need to take more than 1.5 droppers full to get 25 mg.  If you purchase a 1000 mg bottle, you would need to take less than half a dropper to get the same amount of CBD per dose.

When trying to determine your ideal dosage for your purposes,  if you do not experience the results you are looking for after 3-4 hours; you can safely increase the amount of CBD taken with your next dose. Eventually, you will find the best dose of CBD for your needs.

 

CBD is not a cure or treatment for any medical disorder; it is a potentially beneficial dietary supplement. Consult with your doctor before using CBD products. CBD can interact with some types of medication.

 

When you are first learning about the potential benefits of CBD, we can help. Download The Ultimate User Guide for more information about your endocannabinoid system and the potential health benefits of CBD supplementation. CBDistillery has a quality assortment of capsules, tinctures, topicals and vape products. Visit CBDistillery to find the best products to suit your needs and your lifestyle.

Natural Wellness: The Health Benefits of Daily CBD Use

With the popularity of CBD on the rise, there has been a significant amount of information written about the potential of using CBD (cannabidiol) to treat certain ailments and symptoms. However, not as many have looked at the benefits of daily supplementation of CBD. In this article, we uncover if taking CBD on a regular, daily basis can help improve your overall health and wellness.

 

Is there an advantage of daily supplementation of CBD?

There is growing scientific evidence showing that CBD does just that by providing balance within a key system of your body, called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). This is a newly discovered system that first began coming into focus in the 1990’s. It is responsible for sending out signals that regulate a whole host of vital day-to-day functions throughout your body. It does this using naturally-occurring cannabinoids that bind to CB1 and CB2 receptors in your brain, nervous, and immune systems. These cannabinoids are called endocannabinoids because they are produced within your own body.

Cannabinoid receptors are some of the most abundant G-protein neuroreceptors in the human brain, and they are also prevalent throughout the body. The existence of these receptors and the cannabinoids that bind to them has been documented in biological life that first appeared on the planet 150 million years ago. This may indicate that the endocannabinoid system is a forerunner of the body’s other main systems.

There are two known types of endocannabinoids:

Here are some other compounds that are currently being researched as possible endocannabinoids:

Your body was naturally designed to use these endocannabinoids to properly regulate its daily functions. Yet just like with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, you can sometimes become deficient in these naturally-occurring compounds. The name for this deficiency is Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CED). The causes for CED are preliminary, yet evidence has begun to indicate that there are several key contributors:

Studies have actually proven that those suffering from certain ailments, show evidence of CED being present. Some other key indicators of the condition may include diagnosis of psychosomatic disorders, increases in anxiety, pain, and depression, and an inability by your doctor to provide an accurate cause for the symptoms being presented.

The Endocannabinoid System: What Happens When It’s Out of Balance

When your Endocannabinoid System is running smoothly, there is homeostasis. When it’s at 100 percent capacity, it acts as a sort of oversight committee that regulates processes throughout your entire body. Yet this wide-ranging set of responsibilities is exactly why, when your ECS is thrown out of balance, it can create a domino effect which disrupts the proper functioning of:

Endocannabinoids have also been shown to play an important role in protecting neurons, increasing motivation levels, regulating metabolism, increasing brain plasticity, and developing the central nervous system. This is why so many many conditions that occur in both the brain and the body may be linked to an ECS that isn’t functioning well.

The Balancing Benefits of CBD on the Endocannabinoid System

“There were never so many able, active minds at work on the problems of disease as now, and all their discoveries are tending toward the simple truth that you can’t improve on nature.” – Thomas Edison

CBD (cannabidiol) contains exo-cannabinoids that help you alleviate the effects of CED and bring your endocannabinoid system (ECS) back into balance. These exo-cannabinoids work by inhibiting the reuptake, breakdown, and deactivation of endocannabinoids. The mechanisms involved in this process increase the number of endocannabinoids in your brain’s synapses. This helps ensure that your entire system is running at optimal capacity.

Since the ECS’s many amazing functions are now coming to light with new scientific research, CBD’s work to support endocannabinoids and their receptors is highly beneficial in a number of ways. It’s important to note that research is ongoing to determine just what role the ECS plays in these and other health-related issues. The great news is that these promising finds have led to more in-depth studies and assessments to find out how CBD works to increase your physical and mental health on a daily basis.

Case Studies: Long-term Benefits of CBD on Overall Wellness

There’s an ongoing study out of Yale University that is documenting CBD’s long-term cognitive effects on healthy people. Begun in 2010 and running through 2019, the investigation is taking a look at how cannabidiol changes mental functioning, processes, and perceptions, including those in the executive-center of the brain. In addition, the July 2018 release of the New York State Marijuana Assessment has found enough wide-ranging health benefits of CBD to recommend regulated marijuana use for adults within that state.

While our products only contain non-GMO, pesticide-free CBD derived from hemp (Cannabis Sativa plant), making them already legal with no prescription needed, the implications of the New York assessment are that CBD’s benefits have become so scientifically viable that lawmakers are now considering legalizing additional varieties of the plant.

With so much information now coming out about CBD’s benefits for overall health and wellness, it’s a great time to begin making it a part of your daily health routine. If you have additional questions about getting started or about how CBD works, you can download our Ultimate CBD User Guide to learn more valuable information on using our high-quality hemp extracts for mind-body wellness.

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